Uncertain start to New Year for dozens of Porthcawl hotel staff sent home on …

Employees at a specialist hotel providing care and support for guests with additional needs are facing an uncertain start to the New Year after being sent home by bosses today.

Staff members at the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel in Porthcawl received letters between Christmas and New Year, inviting them to a meeting at their workplace “to discuss proposals for the future” of the hotel, which is said to be having financial difficulties.

It is run by Cartrefi Cymru, a not-for-profit organisation that supports people throughout Wales to lead fulfilled lives at home and in the community, and employs a team of fully trained staff who can provide support and care for elderly guests or those with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

Despite the letter’s foreboding tone, some 40 employees were “stunned” to be told they were being sent home with immediate effect on full pay while the hotel’s future is reviewed.

This afternoon, Michael Mitchell, business development manager at Cartrefi Cymru, confirmed: “The Glamorgan Holiday Hotel in Porthcawl has announced a temporary suspension of its hotel operations whist it reviews a plan to continue offering short break and holiday respite facilities in the long term.

“The hotel has been experiencing financial difficulty in recent times facing the challenge of increasing costs whilst endeavouring to maintain tariffs at an affordable level.

“The future plan for the hotel will endeavour to protect as many jobs as possible.

“The temporary suspension of the hotel operations is expected to be for a short period but it is expected to be fully operational again in the spring.”

Rob Gibbs, a representative for the GMB union, which has 28 members employed at the hotel, said despite the uncertainty for staff, it is hoped all jobs will be safe following the “review process”.

“I have to stress there is no risk of redundancies at the moment,” he added.

“The respite care aspect of the hotel is suspended for three months pending the review process but they [Cartrefi Cymru] are telling us quite clearly that they are going to push the hotel forward and maintain it in some capacity without any job losses.

“No set date was given to members, but they were informed they can expect to be on fully paid leave for approximately three months.”

One woman, who did not want to be identified, said: “It’s a very unique facility that’s always been in demand.

“The mood is just terrible. The staff have been worrying since they received their letters after Christmas, but it was still a huge shock when they were told.

“No-one really knows where they stand now, because they haven’t used the word redundant, although they’ve been given dates with consultation deadlines and there was talk of voluntary redundancies as one of the options.

“People aren’t in a position to look for other jobs because technically they are still employed, but it’s a really worrying situation to be in.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/uncertain-start-new-year-dozens-8386661